Wesleyan portrait of Lily Leopold Saint

Lily Leopold Saint

Associate Professor of English

285 Court Street, 308

Coordinator, African Studies


BA University of Pennsylvania
PHD CUNY The Graduate Center

Lily Leopold Saint

Lily Saint is Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan, where her research explores the nexus between ethics and cultural practice in the Global South. Black Cultural Life in South Africa: Reception, Apartheid, and Ethics (University of Michigan Press 2018), considers black practices of reading and spectatorship in twentieth century South Africa as ethical engagements that occurred despite the moment's profound ethical crisis. Saint most recently co-edited a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry on "Genre in Africa" (2017). Her latest writing also appears in Postcolonial Studies and the Journal of African Cinemas, and in an article on music in The Battle of Algiers, forthcoming in the collection 1968 and Global Cinema.

At Wesleyan, she teaches classes on global and postcolonial literature and theory, contemporary and canonical African novels, and ethical theory.

Professor Saint has a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, which was awarded the Irving Howe Prize for Best Dissertation Involving Politics and Literature in 2011. She has a B.A. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Wesleyan, she taught in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Location: 285 Court #308

2019-2020 On sabbatical/leave